Last year some big names in business faced, and lost, lawsuits over the ADA accessibility of their websites. While Winn-Dixie paid a pretty penny for their mistake, it helped other business owners realize they needed to take notice and make some changes to their own sites. New laws passed in 2018 about website ADA compliance haven’t really been very straight forward about who needs an ADA accessible site – and what that even truly means.
No worries! Our web developers at Mugsy have been working to create, revamp and fix sites for companies across the country to ensure they are compliant, and they’ve broken down all the info you need to know below, and of course, if you’d like help with your site to ensure it’s ADA certified, we’d be happy to help (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT DOES ADA AND ADA COMPLIANT MEAN?
ADA, short for the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Most of you have heard of buildings and businesses (particularly those with 15 employees or more) needing to make their locations accessible with ramps, hand bars in the bathroom, and accommodations as such.
However, with the internet being the way that so many of us do business, the digital landscape is now under the same set of laws as off-line components of a business, and any company considered a “public accommodation” needs an ADA compliant web presence.
DOES MY WEBSITE NEED TO CHANGE?
What is a “public accommodation” business? At first this was defined as government organizations, however it has now expanded to cover medical, law, hospitality and property management companies as well. Through 2018 lawsuits have also been reaching into other B2C businesses including retail (like in the case of Winn Dixie), particularly when the site is heavily integrated into the physical presence of the business.
HOW DO I KNOW WHERE TO START?
There are numerous tests you can run online to find out if your site is ADA compliant, and if it is not, how many errors or items on the site need fixing. Some items that all ADA compliant sites require include:
- Navigation accessibility with screen reader technology and keyboard navigation to all pages of the site
- Text with a minimum contrast ratio against the background
- Alt text for photos and video on the site
- Text scaling up to 200% available on the site
- And more!
Here at Mugsy we recommend using WAVE to test your site. It will give you a checklist of all your needs. There are many automated online tools that will help you catch a lot of smaller issues. If you want to ensure you are meeting all requirements or need help with a bigger revamp on your site, there are developers specializing in ADA compliance, including our web team here at Mugsy PR.
If you’d like a consultation on your website’s ADA compliance, please send us an email at email@example.com and our developers will get in touch to help ensure your site is up-to-code and out of danger.
Hurricane Season is still going. We’ve had it easy in South Florida so far this year, is your office ready if one hits?
It’s no secret…I love my job. It’s also no secret that I love my time “after the job.” LOL
I try to do a little bit of everything when it comes to after work activities…except going to the movies as some of you may know. 🙂 I like trying different workout classes, walking/biking around my neighborhood, volunteering and…COOKING AND EATING!
One of my absolutely favorite things to do is cook. I’m one of those silly people that like food prepping for the week, which includes chopping vegetables for for my daily salads/egg scrambles, roasting or grilling unique cuts of meat, or anything in between! It’s safe to say that I’m DEFINITELY NOT someone safe to take to a grocery store or farmer’s market.
The unfortunate thing is that a fun cooking past time makes you want to only watch Food Network and buy anything and everything they use to cook…because, you know…I’m becoming a professional chef!
I’ve tried to curb my purchases regarding my hobby, but sometimes it just gets away from me – a dutch oven here, a lemon zester there or the various different kinds of colanders one has to have.
So, what is your favorite after work activity? Are you an avid gym-goer? Do you like mid-week matinees? Do you have your own paint easel set-up in your living room (talking to you, Eloiza!) or do you prefer the quit enjoyment of getting home, relaxing on the couch and binge watching your favorite show? Maybe even reading a book?!
I thoroughly believe you have to have something that isn’t work related for your “me time.” It makes you happy to get to your past time and happy to get back to work! So…what’s yours?
It is back to school and that means things get a little crazy as we get back into the swing of things. Emily, Ryan and Tracy’s kids are back in class, Sarah is on nephew pickup duty, and at the end of the day, despite our best efforts to go low-cal, low-carb and healthy, all of us are at home grabbing leftover chicken nuggets and mac and cheese for dinner with the kids when in a rush.
Now you know, usually we grab a beer from Concrete Beach Brewery to go with it (there is nothing like a McDonald’s Cheeseburger Happy Meal and a Havana Lager – for real), but the good folks at Personal Creations have done some recon work and figured out the best wines to go with those leftovers to class things up a bit. Take a look at their research below. It’s awesome, Thanks for sharing Personal Creations!
The Best Wine Pairings for When You Eat Your Kids’ Leftovers
It’s the end of the day and your kids are asleep but, as usual, they have failed to finish their entire dinner. Why not turn what’s left into a gourmet dinner for you? Paired with a fancy wine, your kids’ leftovers will make for a classy dinner that parents can enjoy. Don’t worry if you’re not a wine snob; Personal Creations has done the research for you, including the temperature at which your wine bottles should be stored.
White wines should be refrigerated before drinking. Typically, white wines pair with lighter fare such as fish, cheese, chicken, and hummus. Try the following pairings the next time you have leftovers on hand:
Pinot Grigio and Fish Sticks: The most popular white wine in Italy, pinot grigio is dry – meaning that it doesn’t have much residual sugar content after the fermentation process and goes with most foods.
Chardonnay and Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Chardonnay is a popular white wine in the United States and, as with most white wines, is served chilled. Chardonnay pairs well with leftover grilled cheese sandwiches or mac and cheese.
Unlike white wines, red wines are typically served at room temperature, so if you don’t have time to chill your wine for a snack, try the following red wine and snack pairings:
Merlot and Hot Dog: Merlot has a high amount of tannins, which give it a complex flavor that pairs well with hot dogs or other hearty leftovers.
Pinot Noir and Cheese Crackers: Pinot noir is lighter in flavor than other red wines. It can also be stored at room temperature, which is convenient, and makes an excellent wine to pair with cheese crackers (or cheese and crackers).
Are you more of a beer fan than a wine enthusiast? Try a lager with buttered pasta, a porter with string cheese, or fruit snacks and Belgian strong ale. Check out many more wine and beer pairings for kids’ leftovers at Personal Creations.
It’s time for a celebration this week! Independence Day is this Wednesday – in the middle of a workweek. I think it’s kind of nice to have a mid-week break from a regular work week…two days to hit it hard, a break and then two more days to get things done. But what do you think? Would you rather have a long weekend to celebrate the holiday or do you also like the idea of a mid-week break?
4th of July Activities
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays…mainly because it’s in the Summer – my favorite season. I think you all know by now that I’m a big beach and pool person. If I could go everyday, all day I would! So you can bet that’s where I’ll be on Wednesday!
I like to do a lot on Independence Day to really celebrate being independent. Some of the additional activities I like to include:
- kayaking/paddle boarding
- grilling out with neighbors and friends
- dressing up in my favorite red, white and blue clothes/bathing suits
- watching fireworks from the roof
What do you have planned to celebrate Independence Day?
Last week Sarah wrote a post about taking advantage of the beautiful South Florida weather, and she’s right. We have the type of career that allows us the ability to take our job on the road between events and meetings, and we simply don’t do enough of that. One of my goals this year has been to travel more and after my honeymoon in January and some local exploration in, we are off to a great start with more trips planned throughout the year. In order to do things right, to be a true “Wanderlust Worker”, you need the correct set-up. Here are my top 5 MUST HAVE items for working while away.
1. Make sure every document you need is on Google Drive and Dropbox. There are many other file sharing programs, but the traveling team here at Mugsy exists on the ability to access files from any device at any time and these programs are our choice to make that easy possible, especially when combined with Trello.
2. Lightweight devices make this lifestyle possible as well, particularly those with built in, amazing cameras like the iPhone X. I do most of my work from a phone while traveling, and Sarah does hers from her iPad. When traveling for an extended period we both bring our laptops as well, but having lighter devices certainly helps our shoulders, backs, arms and overall packing purposes!
3. You may have found accommodations with WiFi, but that doesn’t mean that you are going to want to work confined in that space any more than you’d want to work in your own home’s four walls all the time. Find the best place with WiFi near you to get out, experience local culture, meet new people (if you want, or just enjoy some coffee while you work) and get stuff done with PlacesToWork.
4. Lifewire did some research on the Best Wireless Travel Routers so I will leave the deep info to their experts and you can check out their link, but I highly recommend picking one up so that you do have the fastest possible WiFi connection for remote work. Nothing will deter you from working on the road than a dial-up speed connection or being stuck in one small space with the world to see outside.
5. Finally, none of this works at all without an amazing power bank. If your devices die, so does your business. I carry three when traveling so I can rotate charging them, and I even have a back up battery tiny keychain for quick phone emergencies. While the point of traveling is to disconnect, having the choice to do so, and not the obligation because of a dead battery, makes all the difference.
What else would you add to the list? Comment and link me to your top picks!